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This eminently practical and accessible book by leading exponents of reminiscence work describes the purposes and techniques of reminiscence and sets out clear, detailed guidelines on how to implement and conduct a wide range of reminiscence activities with different types of client.
Highlighting its tremendous diversity and potential - and its special ability to allow people of all ages and abilities to communicate deeply about their lives - the authors separate out the different aims of reminiscence (for example for intellectual or social stimulation, to allow people to leave behind them a cultural legacy, or as a means of intergenerational communication) and show clearly how each can be directly beneficial either to clients or their carers, or to improve the culture of the arena in which the activity is being carried out.
Carefully chosen examples illustrate each reminiscence purpose in action and link theory with practice to demonstrate the clear utility and efficacy of reminiscence work. The book will be a comprehensive guide for all those in the helping professions, and will be especially valuable for residential and nursing home or day care//hospital staff.
PART ONE: SETTING THE SCENE
An Introduction to the Purposes
The History and Development of Reminiscence-Based Activities
The 3Cs - Client, Carer, Context
PART TWO: REMINISCENCE WORK THAT HELPS CLIENTS
Reminiscence To Encourage Spontaneous Conversation between Clients
Reminiscence To Encourage Informal Conversation between Staff and Clients
Reminiscence as Fun
Reminiscence To Promote Emotional and Social Stimulation
Reminiscence To Promote Emotional and Social Stimulation with People Who Are Severely Disorientated
Individual Reminiscence Work
Reminiscence To Create Group Cohesion
Reminiscence To Teach People How to Use Groups Effectively
Reminiscence To Re-Use Old Skills or Learn New Ones
Reminiscence as Oral History To Maintain or Improve Skills
Reminiscence To Aid Intergenerational Communication
Reminiscence To Achieve Cultural Legacy
Reminiscence and Spirituality
Reminiscence in Assessment and Treatment
Reminiscence in the Assessment Process
Reminiscence as Psychotherapy
Reminiscence for Life Review
Reminiscence To Aid the Creation of a Positive Identity
PART THREE: USES OF REMINISCENCE TO BENEFIT CARERS
Reminiscence To Aid Communication between a Person with a Disability and Their Family
Reminiscence To Train Staff in Groupwork or To Improve Staff Groupwork Skills
PART FOUR: REMINISCENCE AS THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE UNIT
Reminiscence To Improve Staff Understanding of the Individual and Reminiscence as the Working Philosophy of the Unit
Finishing Time - 'People and Listening to People...'